From the collection of John Taylor of Kidderminster, the postcard shows views of the house, also named Wassell Grove that was the home of coalmaster
Job Garratt, who served two terms as mayor of Dudley between 1881 and 1883.
My first record of ownership goes back to about 1820 when Peter Unger Williams, born in Devon but practising as a lawyer in the City of London, became coalmaster
99) Mostyn Evan and his family, miners turned bargees, wage a glorious but hopeless struggle against rapacious coalmasters
, Irish navvies, the ravages of cholera, and the bullying illegal unions.
Unfortunately the evidence that Buxton brought forth to buttress bis defense of tbe organizational achievements of interwar British coalmasters is rather limited and not entirely to the point.
The work of Elbaum and Lazonick on the steel and cotton industries suggests one plausible answer: namely, that British coalmasters failed to create the corporate hierarchies necessary for the efficient production and sale of coal.